Teams from Mount Isa and Tennant Creek travelled to Alice Springs over the long weekend to try and take the Opal Challenge trophy off the 2016 winners Alice Springs. A total of 23 players competed in singles, teams and doubles matches. Playing doubles matches to 30 points, there were many hotly contested matches over the course of the competition. In the end the final results saw Alice Springs A team retain the trophy by winning 18 games to Mount Isa’s 10 games. Tenant Creek came third and Alice Springs B team came fourth.
The Team’s competition was followed by an individual competition in both singles and doubles. Again Alice Springs showed its strength, taking out the both the A Grade and B Grade singles and doubles titles. Congratulations to Andy Pukniel who took out the A grade singles against Mani from Mt Isa and the doubles title with his partner Hai Pham against Moncy Chacko and Dow Williams.
Hai Pham was also the runner up to Liz Pang who won the B Grade Singles. The B grade doubles was won by Rajveer Bijarniya and Sandrine Gugroop with runners up from Mt Isa, Rowena and Sonic.
Many thanks to Creative Gifts and Awards for their sponsorship of the medals. Thanks also to the NTBA for providing some grant funding to assist in running the event. Looking forward to a bigger and better 2018 Opal challenge.
Opal Challenge Results
1st Alice Springs A
2nd Mt Isa
3rd Tennant Creek
4th Alice Springs B
|A Grade Singles||B Grade Singles||A grade Doubles||B Grade Doubles|
|Winner- Andy Pukniel||Winner – Liz Pang||Winner- Andy Pukniel, Hai Pham||Winner- Rajveer Bijarniya, Sandrine Gugroop|
|Runner Up- Mani (Mt Isa)||Runner Up – Hai Pham||Runner Up- Moncy Chacko, Dow Williams||Runner Up – Sonic and Rowena (Mount Isa)|
News Article from: Centralian Advocate (Lyn Ansell)